I've had my Instant Pot for about two-and-a-half years, but I lean on it so regularly that it feels like it's been a part of my meal prep and dinnertime routine for so much longer. While there's a nearly endless stream of recipes it can turn out, the Instant Pot really excels at everyday basics. Here are the 10 essential Instant Pot recipes worth knowing by heart.
Cook dried beans using the pressure cooker function on your Instant Pot once, and you'll never make them on the stovetop again. A "rapid soak" of just one minute at high pressure eliminates the overnight soak, and an average cook time of 10 minutes for most beans means that you can have a fresh pot in less than an hour.
While there are a number of foolproof methods to cook up a great pot of rice, few offer rice that's ready almost as soon as we want it. An Instant Pot cooker is the key to perfect rice in a rush.
Cooking up a batch of lentils in my Instant Pot has become a regular part of my Sunday meal prep. They're ready in a flash, and I can use them throughout the week for salads, tacos, and grain bowls.
When the Instant Pot is involved, a bowl of creamy steel-cut oats instantly becomes a weekday breakfast possibility. Get it started before going about your morning routine, and within 15 minutes breakfast is ready. Take a minute to lightly grease the pot before cooking — it will prevent excess foam and make for easier cleanup.
If you have an Instant Pot, using it to make chicken stock is a no-brainer. After only two hours, you're rewarded with a rich, flavorful broth that tastes like it simmered all day.
Unless you're cooking up a big batch of hard- or soft-cooked eggs, this method isn't necessarily any faster than the stovetop, but it makes for the most irresistibly creamy eggs you've ever tasted.
Remember these tender, creamy potatoes the next time dinner is just about ready and you realize you forgot the side dish. These satisfying spuds come together in minutes with very little effort.
I first made this ultra-tender pork shoulder recipe when I did a round of Whole30, and I've been making it regularly ever since. Eat the shredded meat as is; turn it into fried rice; or add it to tacos, salads, grain bowls, soups, sauces, and more.
This is a recipe to keep in your back pocket for busy nights, when you don't really feel like cooking or forgot to plan. It turns out a totally comforting and wholesome dinner, filled with chicken, rice, beans, corn, and salsa.
Remember that your Instant Pot isn't just for savory dishes and dinner — it is also a useful tool for turning out dessert. Get started with this easy-as-can-be recipe for creamy and indulgent rice pudding.